IBM Cloud Academy

  • Description
  • A Col­lab­o­ra­tive Com­mu­nity of Lead­ers: Cloud Com­put­ing in Education

    For edu­ca­tional insti­tu­tions, the man­date is clear: Reduce costs and opti­mize ser­vices while mak­ing infor­ma­tion avail­able and secure when­ever and wher­ever it’s needed.

    Con­sol­i­date resources. Improve stu­dent suc­cess. Accel­er­ate sci­en­tific dis­cov­er­ies. Add admin­is­tra­tive effi­cien­cies. Con­serve resources. These are among the chal­lenges that cloud com­put­ing can help schools and uni­ver­si­ties address, and that shape the agenda of the IBM Cloud Academy.

    The IBM Cloud Acad­emy mission

    The mis­sion of the IBM Cloud Acad­emy is to pro­vide an orga­ni­za­tion for K-​12 schools and higher edu­ca­tion insti­tu­tions that are actively inte­grat­ing cloud tech­nolo­gies into their infra­struc­tures to share best prac­tices in the use of clouds and to col­lab­o­rate with part­ners to cre­ate inno­v­a­tive cloud tech­nolo­gies and models.

    What we do

    By pro­vid­ing a forum for the exchange of best prac­tices, the IBM Cloud Acad­emy is help­ing mem­ber insti­tu­tions to accel­er­ate the suc­cess­ful deploy­ment of cloud com­put­ing mod­els that sig­nif­i­cantly enhance teach­ing and learn­ing, admin­is­tra­tion and research at the uni­ver­sity level. Since it was first announced at EDU­CAUSE in Novem­ber of 2009, the IBM Cloud Acad­emy mem­bers have been work­ing col­lab­o­ra­tively to:

    • Pro­vide a forum for the exchange of best prac­tices to accel­er­ate the suc­cess­ful deploy­ment of cloud com­put­ing mod­els that enhance education.
    • Enable mem­ber orga­ni­za­tions to gain early insight about and access to emerg­ing cloud com­put­ing tech­nolo­gies devel­op­ment and research from IBM and partners.
    • Develop link­ages and con­tribute to repos­i­to­ries for cloud com­put­ing cur­ricu­lum, tools and resources for teach­ing, skills devel­op­ment and implementation.
    • Fos­ter pilot projects and col­lab­o­ra­tive pro­grams by mem­bers to eval­u­ate the tech­ni­cal, finan­cial and ser­vice qual­i­ties of cloud computing.
    • Dis­sem­i­nate our insights, per­for­mance met­rics, ben­e­fits and under­stand­ing of cloud com­put­ing through reports, white papers, pre­sen­ta­tions and other schol­arly and tech­ni­cal communications.

    Why become a member

    Imple­ment­ing cloud com­put­ing puts your insti­tu­tion in a league of excel­lent col­leagues. The IBM Cloud Acad­emy con­nects you with other K-​12 and higher edu­ca­tion lead­ers who are inte­grat­ing cloud tech­nolo­gies and solu­tions into their insti­tu­tions’ infra­struc­tures. By encour­ag­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion among IBM researchers, devel­op­ers, IT archi­tects and schools, the IBM Cloud Acad­emy includes par­tic­i­pat­ing insti­tu­tions in a com­mu­nity that helps max­i­mize the ben­e­fits of cloud com­put­ing investments.

    Mem­ber­ship ben­e­fits

    Why should your aca­d­e­mic insti­tu­tion con­sider join­ing the IBM Cloud Acad­emy? Because it helps you get more from your cloud invest­ment with IBM. The IBM Cloud Acad­emy is a forum for exchang­ing and devel­op­ing ideas that helps you ele­vate your cloud to its fullest potential.

    The fol­low­ing are six key ben­e­fits of membership:

    • Com­mu­nity access – A sup­port com­mu­nity that changes local IT cul­ture by embrac­ing cloud computing.
    • Knowl­edge shar­ing – Thought lead­ers and tech­ni­cal experts with knowl­edge of tested cloud com­put­ing tech­nolo­gies and solutions.
    • Project sup­port – Tech­ni­cal and busi­ness case exam­ples, bench­mark­ing data and access to resources that sup­port cloud com­put­ing projects.
    • Project fund­ing – Fund­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties for com­pet­i­tively awarded cloud com­put­ing projects and research.
    • Resources – Strate­gies for using cloud com­put­ing to trans­form edu­ca­tion and research in K-​12 and global higher education.
    • Head­lights – Trends in K-​12 and higher edu­ca­tion regard­ing the move to cloud com­put­ing mod­els and approaches.


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